Mountain Trail @ Kamikochi, Nagano
Landscape photography isn't and will never be my thing, I always tell my photo friends that I only like to shoot things that move. Going to Kamikochi (上高地) is an exception, it's one of the places that doesn't have a major landmark (IMO), but the whole place itself is quite an experience. After boarding a train at Shinjuku station, it took us a few changes and 4.5 hrs to arrive. After googling around, I sort of realize what to expect from this trip: greenery, walking trail, fresh air and lot of hikers (during the warm season).
Beside the excessive amount of rain over 1.5 days since the time we arrived, the trip was a great escape from the city; fine hotel at a great location which is right by Taisho Pond (photo below), lots of cool & fresh air, good company and nice 15+km exercise. If you seek for a nature escape from hectic Tokyo life, Kamikochi will not let you down. Please make sure to take your garbage home after the trip, they need a lot of resources to keep the place clean and pure.